A Primer of Drug Action

A Primer of Drug Action

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by Robert M. Julien
     
 

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From its first edition 30 years ago, Robert Julien’s A Primer of Drug Action has evolved side by side with the field it covers, capturing the current state of the science of psychopharmacology with each new edition.

Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and

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From its first edition 30 years ago, Robert Julien’s A Primer of Drug Action has evolved side by side with the field it covers, capturing the current state of the science of psychopharmacology with each new edition.

Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and behavior as understood today. With over 40% new research citations, there is no clearer, more current presentation available on the mechanisms of drug action, etiologies of major psychological disorders, rationales for drug treatment, and the uses of psychopharmacology in patient care.

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4 Stars! from Doody
Zafeer Barki
This is the eighth edition of a book describing the mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects of psychotropic medications. The book also offers a good discussion of drugs of abuse. The purpose of this book is to provide pharmacological information in a clear and concise manner. The book successfully meets its objective of providing relevant information in plain English. Intended mainly for non-physicians, such as psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors, this is also a useful book for residents and medical students. Certain chapters are well illustrated, more so than others. However, it would be nice to have more tables for a quick reference. References in the book are pertinent and up-to-date. What makes this book stand out from others is its presentation of a complex subject, particularly the discussion of the mechanisms of action of medications and drugs of abuse, in a very readable format and language. This book is a good introduction to psychopharmacology and drugs of abuse, including alcohol. It is very useful for professionals in allied health sciences. The book can also be a good quick reference for the busy physician if more tables can be added to supplement the text. The space for these tables can be created by getting rid of Appendixes I and II, which I feel do not belong in this book.
Booknews
A detailed yet nontechnical discussion of general principles of each class of psychoactive drugs, addressing the mechanisms of action of each drug and drug class, current theories about the etiology of major psychological disorders and rationales for drug treatment, and uses and limitations of psychopharmacology in overall patient management. This eighth edition reflects advances in the field since 1995, such as new antipsychotics, opioid agonists, and psychedelics, and offers expanded material on ADHD, alternatives to lithium, anabolic steroids, and antidepressants. Also new to this edition is are clinical guidelines for treating psychological disorders, and appendices on non-opioid analgesics, oral contraceptives, drugs for Parkinsonism, and an illustrated introduction to the brain, the neuron, and synaptic transmission. For professionals and students in counseling, psychology, and psychotherapy, assuming minimal background in biology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Reviewer: Zafeer Barki, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the eighth edition of a book describing the mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects of psychotropic medications. The book also offers a good discussion of drugs of abuse.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide pharmacological information in a clear and concise manner. The book successfully meets its objective of providing relevant information in plain English.
Audience: Intended mainly for non-physicians, such as psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors, this is also a useful book for residents and medical students.
Features: Certain chapters are well illustrated, more so than others. However, it would be nice to have more tables for a quick reference. References in the book are pertinent and up-to-date. What makes this book stand out from others is its presentation of a complex subject, particularly the discussion of the mechanisms of action of medications and drugs of abuse, in a very readable format and language.
Assessment: This book is a good introduction to psychopharmacology and drugs of abuse, including alcohol. It is very useful for professionals in allied health sciences. The book can also be a good quick reference for the busy physician if more tables can be added to supplement the text. The space for these tables can be created by getting rid of Appendixes I and II, which I feel do not belong in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716722601
Publisher:
Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Edition description:
6th ed
Pages:
432

Meet the Author

Robert M. Julien, M.D., Ph.D., is staff anesthesiologist at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Julien is the author of many articles and reviews as well as of Drugs and the Body (1998).

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